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Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

Posted on: August 30, 2010 8:38 pm
 
Matt Leinart wonders why he's not the starter in Arizona, but he has bigger concerns. He might not make the team.

I'm serious. People in and around the Cardinals' ballclub tell me that the former No. 1 pick might be cut, not because he hasn't completed a high percentage of passes -- because he has -- but because the players there have no faith in the guy and don't believe they can win with him.

If that is in fact the case, it's over. He not only won't make it as the team's starter; he won't make it, period.

Leinart complained that he's outplayed Derek Anderson, and he has -- if you're talking pure numbers. Leinart completed 82.6 percent of his passes this summer to Anderson's 58.5 and has a higher passer rating (110.3 to 70.3). But several players on the Cardinals say they have more confidence in Anderson than Leinart, who sat behind Kurt Warner the past two seasons. So that pushes him to the backup spot, but then the Cards have a couple of rookies --  Max Hall and John Skelton -- who look good enough to keep.

Except for one thing: If one is released he almost surely is claimed.

That brings us back to Leinart, and why the Cards would go into a season with two rookies as backups. The reason, people close to the Cards say, is that he might not be a positive influence in the No. 2 spot and might hold Hall and/or Skelton back. Coach Ken Whisenhunt has said the decision will be based on more than just stats, with the head coach citing "chemistry" as a key component, and that's where Leinart comes up short. Morever, there's a feeling that the Cards have given the guy plenty of time to prove he can make it at this level and are so frustrated that he isn't farther along they're contemplating the improbable.

I'm not saying Leinart gets cut, but I am saying it's a possibility. Matt Leinart should be worried -- about a lot more than just the starter's job. 
Category: NFL
Comments

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2010 7:24 am
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

I agree that this was a bad article.  At the end of the day the pros are all about measurables.  If the players don't have confidence in the QB then the coach is not properly leading them.  Leinart may get traded but I don't see him getting released.



Since: Aug 6, 2007
Posted on: August 31, 2010 7:21 am
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

hey dumbass, Leinart did get a season with Fitz and Boldin, and he sucked horribly and that's what gave Warner the opportunity to beat the hell out of him and take the job that should've been Warner's in the first place.  Leinart is a bum and has no business in the NFL!



Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2010 7:13 am
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

A Heisman Trophy is no indication of one's ability to play QB in the NFL. There are NO entitlements in the NFL. It is a will and pleasure employment. This fact is hard to accept for the union leaning, leftist thinkers out there. The NFL has a player's union, but it is NOT a union in the sense that a union member is guaranteed employment simply because he pays union dues. The position of QB has more to do with leadership and chemistry than raw ability. Terry Bradshaw wasn't a gifted player, but he possessed the intangible quality of leadership and attitude. Joe Montana wasn't blessed with outstanding athletic ability, but also had strong leadership skills, and the 49'ers believed in him when he stepped onto the field. Leinart's teammates don't like him. Plain and simple. They have no confidence in his leadership. That spells "Game Over" for Leinart in Arizona. If the players have no confidence in a QB, then he simply cannot play on that team. Matt Leinart has no "rights" to play. Arizona can hire or fire anybody they choose, for whatever reason they want. 



Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: August 31, 2010 7:04 am
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

Obviously everyone but you knows Kurt Warner failed to make it in the NFL and went to stock groceries for a while and play Arena football till he was close to 30.  Then he finally made it with the Rams.



Since: Jul 9, 2008
Posted on: August 31, 2010 6:56 am
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

Trezedail-

Warner was a late bloomer because he started not in the NFL, but playing in the AFL and bagging groceries for a living.  He had his growing pain then not in the NFL.  Warner was a 28 year old rookie in 1998.



Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: August 31, 2010 6:36 am
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

I don't doubt that Leinart should be off the team, but you have a guy that was supposed to be your future and number one over all pick.  I know he is really expensive and maybe hard to trade off, but that is what I would look to do.  That is instead of bashing him and making him look worse.  I would talk about all the great things he has avaliable, but just isn't quite the fit we are looking for and then try to trade him to either desprite teams or stupid teams.  Like try to trade him to his old coach in Seattle, he might be stupid enough to go for it as long as he isn't thinking you are already thinking of cutting him or another desprite team might be the Raiders.  At least try to get a second or third round pick for him.  I am sure there are teams stupid enough to go for it!!!



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2010 5:57 am
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

If we lose Leinart, I won't be a bit upset. Everyone else is to blame when he screws up. I'm tired of it. Lead, or get out of the way.



Since: Apr 8, 2009
Posted on: August 31, 2010 5:21 am
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

yea cuz chemistry wins games over skill...this is the dumbest thing i ever read. if a guys stats are better then clearly he is doing something right and deserves to play regardless of what is thought about the "chemistry"



Since: Aug 11, 2008
Posted on: August 31, 2010 4:09 am
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

He was a rookie in 1998 at the age of 27. He won the SB in 1999. So he did not win it in his rookie year and being a 27 year old rookie, I'd call that being a late bloomer.



Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: August 31, 2010 3:01 am
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

I live in phx, and they are talking about cutting him you idiot. He is terrible so you might as well ride it out with Derek Anderson, and if that fails throw Max Hall in there he is really the best Qb they got.


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